Arsenal players ‘don’t take Wenger seriously’ – Kahn

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THE manner of Arsenal’s defeat to Bayern Munich showed the Gunners players have no faith left in manager Arsene Wenger, according to Oliver Kahn.

The 5-1 first-leg loss at the Allianz Arena leaves the Premier League side on the brink of elimination at the Champions League round-of-16 stage for a seventh straight season.

And former Bayern and Germany goalkeeper Kahn, who won eight Bundesliga titles, the Champions League and the European Championship, suggested Wenger was losing the battle to draw the best from his team.

Bayern Munich’s Spanish midfielder Thiago Alcantara (2nd L) scores the 4-1 goal with Bayern Munich’s Polish forward Robert Lewandowski during the UEFA Champions League round of sixteen football match between FC Bayern Munich and Arsenal in Munich, southern Germany, on February 15, 2017.
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“It looks like the players don’t take the coach seriously anymore,” Kahn, speaking as a pundit for ZDF television, said.

Record signing Mesut Ozil was accused of being a passenger by Kahn, who claimed the Germany international was wasting his talent by failing to make his mark on the match.

Ozil was not alone in struggling in Arsenal’s team. But playing against a club from his homeland, the scrutiny on his performance was increased.

Kahn said: “Of course Arsenal have their qualities, especially on the counter-attack, and they have good players like Ozil, but I haven’t seen him. Maybe you saw him.

“It’s sad to see what Ozil is calling a performance, how passive he plays, a player of his genius and qualities — it’s a shame.”

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